Medical Breakthroughs to Beat Skin Cancer

 – May 6, 2013  –– 

"Although IL-2 only cures about 5 percent of patients with advanced melanoma, until recently doctors didn’t have much else to offer," says melanoma researcher Yvonne Saenger, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. “There’s never been a study showing that chemotherapy improves survival of patients with metastatic melanoma, and in one study, 60 percent of patients’ tumors actually grew during chemo,” reports Dr. Saenger. However, medical advances are now offering new hope to those with this tough-to-treat disease that accounts for 75 percent of skin cancer deaths, according to AAD. Read more